Janet Popeleski

School Principal

Ms. Popeleski is celebrating 35th years with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and 50 years working as a professional in balle! In addition to her duties as School Principal, teaching and coaching dancers, she has staged many ballets for the Pre-Professional Showcases and annual Spring Performances. Ms. Popeleski, originally from Connecticut, began training with the Hartford Ballet and continued on full scholarship with the School of American Ballet in New York. Upon graduation, she joined American Ballet Theatre, where she eventually danced some soloist roles. She then embarked on an international career, becoming a Principal dancer with Iranian National Ballet – Teheran, Scapino Ballet – Amsterdam, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Zurich Ballet.  While residing in Europe, Ms. Popeleski was Artistic Advisor to the Xanten Festival in Germany, coordinating and dancing in a series of Gala Evenings, touring through Germany, Switzerland and Holland.  She has appeared in various ballets and gala performances partnered by Steven Annegarn, Miguel Campaneria, Vladimir Gelvan,

Alexander Godunov, Jonas Kage, and Rudolf Nureyev.  Miss Popeleski’s repertoire included many full length classical ballets, Balanchine ballets and contemporary pieces, which has enabled her to share a wide range of styles with her students.